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The City of Madison is situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, one hundred miles below Cincinnati, and fifty miles above Louisville; it is connected with the latter city by a daily line of packets, with the former by two daily lines, and with Frankfort on the Kentucky River, by regular packets. It is also connected with Indianapolis, the Capital of the State, by railroad, distant eighty-seven miles, in a northwesterly direction. It is the county seat of Jefferson County, one of the most populous and wealthy counties in the State. There are several plank roads leading to different parts of the country, and communication is kept up with Milton, on the opposite shore of the river, by a steam ferry. Among the public buildings may be mentioned a fine Court House, the most costly in the State, two spacious market houses, several public school buildings, four banks, three fire engine houses, with complete apparatus and heavy alarm bells, eighteen churches, several hotels, a number of substantial and convenient wharves, etc. The city is built upon ground gently ascending from the margin of the river, admitting of grades by which the broad gravel streets are perfectly drained. Broad well-paved walks extend through the streets, with stone flags at the principal crossings. The city is supplied with gas light, and also with pure water at moderate cost of consumers. The population at the last census was 12,0001. Among the houses of worship are the Associate Reformed, Baptist, Christian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Methodist Reformed, German Methodist, Presbyterian (Old and New School), Roman Catholic (German, English and others). Besides the Public Schools, which are open free to all within the age prescribed by law, there are several Select Schools, among which may be mentioned the Madison Seminary, the Madison Normal Institute, and Mrs. Hunt’s Select School. Within an hour’s ride, by plank road, in the pleasant village of South Hanover, is located a college of well-established reputation, with handsome and commodious buildings, and under the charge of a competent faculty. The Madison Library is kept open at all hours of the day, also the Madison Township library is opened at appointed times, and is extensively resorted to. There are four banking establishments; three local insurance offices, and twelve foreign insurance agencies. Madison ranks as the third pork-packing point in the West, there having been packed at one establishment here upwards of forty-three thousand hogs in December 1858. Among the manufacturing establishments are extensive flouring mills, starch factories, breweries, grain distilleries, flooring mills, sash, door and blind factories, wooden bowl manufactory, several foundries, machine works, engine builders, copper smiths, car manufactory, iron railing manufactory, brass founders, steam cooperage factories, tanneries, steam furniture factories, starch, candle, soap and glue factories, carriage makers, agricultural implement makers, fan-mill and saddle tree manufactories, spice mills, also the Madison Marine Railway and Ship Yard. The wholesale houses here are able to supply country dealers at as advantageous rates as in any other city in the West. The vicinity abounds in building materials, brick-clay, limestone, hydraulic lime and marble, of which latter, specimens may be seen in the buildings here and in other cities.
The attractive features of Madison are the public schools, broad, clean and well shaded streets, the numerous and well attended churches, excellent society, abundant supplies of goods, great facilities for business, agreeable climate and comfortable living.
Baltimore, from Ohio north to Fourth between Church and Clay.
Broadway, from Ohio north between Elm and Poplar.
Cemetery, from Third to Fifth next west to Mill.
Cherry2, from Ohio north to Main Cross between Poplar and West.
Church3, from Ohio north to Third between East and Baltimore.
Clay, from Ohio north next east of Wall.
Depot4, from the river north next east of Wall.
East, from Ohio north between Walnut and Church.
Elm, from Ohio north between Broadway and Vine.
Ferry, from Ohio north to Sering next east of Harrison.
Fifth, from the southwest corner of Springdale Cemetery east to Mulberry between Presbyterian Avenue and Sixth.
Fillmore, from Church to Harrison between Ohio and High.
Fourth, from West east next north of Third.
Harrison, from Ohio north to Second between Clay and Ferry.
High5, from the western corporation boundary east between Ohio and Second.
Jackson, between South West Car Shop and Madison Pearl Starch Factory.
Lafayette, from Third to Fourth between Baltimore and East.
McIntyre, from Second to Main Cross between Madison & Indianapolis Railroad and South.
Main6, from Ohio north between Mulberry and Walnut.
Main Cross7 from the western corporation boundary east to the junction of Telma and Sering between Second and Third.
Mill, from Ohio north between Vine and Plum.
Mulberry, from Ohio north between Main and West.
Ohio8, from Mill east to the eastern corporation boundary next south of High.
Pearl, from the river north to Second between Depot and Vernon.
Plum, from the river north to Main Cross between Mill and Vernon.
Poplar, from Ohio north to Fifth next east of Broadway.
Presbyterian Avenue, from the western corporation boundary, east to Main Cross between Third and Firth.
Second, from the western corporation boundary east between High and Main Cross.
Sering9, from the head of Main Cross southeast next east of Baltimore.
Sixth, from the east side of Springdale Cemetery east to Main Cross next north to Fifth.
South, from Second to Main Cross next west to McIntyre.
Telma, from the head of Main Cross northeast next east of Baltimore.
Third, from the western corporation boundary east between Main Cross and Presbyterian Avenue south of Fourth.
Vernon, from river north to Main Cross between Plum and Depot.
West, from Ohio north between Cherry and Mulberry.
Wall, from Main Cross north between Depot and Madison & Indianapolis Railroad.
Walnut, from Ohio north between Main and East.
BOUNDARIES OF WARDS
First Ward ―All that part of the city lying east of East Street.
Second Ward ―All that part of the city lying between East and Walnut Streets.
Third Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Walnut and Main Streets.
Fourth Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Main and Mulberry Streets.
Fifth Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Mulberry and Poplar Streets.
Sixth Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Poplar and Elm Streets.
Seventh Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Elm and Mill Streets.
Eighth Ward ―All that part of the city lying between Mill Street and a line running through Vernon Street.
Ninth Ward ―All that part of the city lying west of a line running through Vernon Street.
Municipal Election First Monday in April
City Council meets first and third Thursday evening in each month.
Council Chamber west side Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Mayor: John Mulvey, office west side Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Marshal: Ebenezer Rodgers
1st Ward―John Kirk 2nd Ward―Purnel Townsend 3rd Ward―John Verry 4th Ward―William P. Inskeep 5th Ward―William Kirchner 6th Ward―B. P. Jones 7th Ward―George Armstrong 8th Ward―William Johnson, Jr. 9th Ward―Angus Campbell
Clerk: James Siddall, office west side Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Collector and Treasure: Joseph Wilson, office west side Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Assessor: Jacob Shuh.
Wharf Masters: William Phibbs and Nathaniel Williams.
Sexton of Springdale Cemetery: John Grayson.
Union Lodge, No. 2―Meets the second Tuesday in each month.
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 1―Meets the Thursday succeeding the second Tuesday in each month.
Monroe Lodge, No. 2 ―Meets every Monday evening.
Washington Lodge, No. 11 ―Meets every Thursday evening.
Madison Lodge, No. 72 ―Meets every Wednesday evening.
Sherlock Lodge, No. 93 ―Meets every Friday evening.
Bucher Lodge (German) ―Meets every Thursday evening.
Madison Degree Lodge, No. 2 ―Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Wildey Encampment, No. 2 ―Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Daughters of Rebecca ―Meets the last Monday in every month.
Freeman’s Circle, No. 1 ―Meets every Thursday evening.
Madison Courier ―Daily and Weekly.
Madison Insurance Co., northeast corner of West and Second. Capital, $100,000. N. Powel, president; R. W. Hubbard, cashier.
Fire and Mechanics Insurance Co., south side of Second between Mulberry and West.
Washington Fire Co., north side of Third between West and Poplar. William Phibbs, president.
Ænta Insurance Co., of Hartford, Connecticut.
Phœnix Insurance Co., of Hartford, Connecticut.
North American Insurance Co., of Hartford, Connecticut.
Home Insurance Co., of New York.
Peoria Insurance Co., of Peoria, Illinois.
The City Insurance Co., of Cleveland, Ohio.
Connecticut Mutual Insurance Co., of Hartford, Connecticut.
New England Life Insurance Co., of Boston, Massachusetts.
Manhattan Life Insurance Co., of New York.
Rising Sun Insurance Co., of Rising Sun, Indiana.
Indianapolis Insurance Co., of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Quaker City Insurance Co., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Court House ―southwest corner of Main Cross and Main.
Melodeon ―east side of Mulberry between Main Cross and Third.
Columbian Hall ―southeast corner of West and Second.
Odd Fellows Hall ―east side of Mulberry between Main Cross and Third.
Bucher Lodge Hall ―northeast corner of Walnut and Second.
Freeman’s Circle Hall ―south side of Second between Mulberry and West.
Masonic Hall ―east side of West between Main Cross and Third.
Washington Fire Company’s Hall ―north side of Third between West and Poplar.
Madison Library Reading Room ―southeast corner of West and Second.
Samuel J. Smith
Thomas T. Crittenden
John L. Winn
SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
Upper Seminary ―south side of Third between Walnut and East. John L. Winn, principal.
ower Seminary ―north side of Main Cross below Mill. Donald Cameron, principal.
Fulton School ―east of Ferry. Amanda Howard, teacher.
Georgetown School ―Ellen P. Siddall, teacher.
Madison Seminary ―northwest corner of Cherry and High. Charles Barnes, principal.
Madison Normal Institute ―south side of Main Cross between Broadway and Poplar. James G. Wilson, principal.
Mrs. Hunt’s Select School ―between High and Second and East and Walnut. Mrs. Clarissa Hunt, principal.
Fair Play Fire Company, No. 1 ―northwest corner of Third and Main. John Kirk, president.
Washington Fire Company, No. 2 ―north side of Third between West and Poplar. William Phibbs, president.
Western Fire Company, No. 3 ―north side of Main Cross below Mill. Isaac Stephens, president; David Smock, chief director.
First Presbyterian Church ―northeast corner of Broadway and High. Rev. Lowman A. Hawes, pastor.
Second Presbyterian Church ―northeast corner of Third and West. Rev. Wallace Atterbury, pastor.
Methodist Episcopal (Wesley Chapel) ―north side of Main Cross between West and Poplar. Rev. William Snyder, pastor.
Methodist Episcopal (Roberts’ Chapel) ―north side of Third between Poplar and Broadway. Rev. William H. Sheets, pastor.
Methodist Episcopal (St. Johns) ―northeast corner of Main Cross and East. Rev. Charles Tinsley, pastor.
German Methodist Church ―north side of Third between Main and Mulberry. Rev. Henry G. Lich, pastor.
German Lutheran Church ―northeast corner of Main Cross and Church. Rev. Louis Krim, pastor.
English Catholic (St. Michael’s Church) ―north side of Third above East. Rev. Hippolyte Dupontavice, pastor.
German Catholic (St. Mary’s) ―north side of Second between Walnut and East. Rev. Leonard Brandt, pastor.
Baptist Church ―east side of Vine between Main Cross and Third. Rev. Thomas H. Stewart, pastor.
Christian Church ―east side of Poplar between Main Cross and Third. Rev. James H. Lockwood, pastor.
Episcopal (Christ’s Church) ―east side of Mulberry between Third and Fourth. Rev. G. H. McKnight, pastor.
Associate Presbyterian ―southwest corner of Vine and Third.
African Methodist Episcopal_* ―Fifth between Walnut and Main. Rev. James Curtis, pastor.
Baptist (Colored) ―north side of Fifth between Mulberry and West. Rev. Chapman Harris, pastor.
Methodist Episcopal (Colored) ―Walnut Street Church at Walnut above Fifth. Rev. Peter Booth, pastor.
Bank of the State of Indiana (Madison Branch) ―north side of Main Cross between Main and Mulberry. Capital, $150,000. Thomas H. Sharpe, president; George D. Fitzhugh, cashier.
Indiana Bank ―southwest corner of Main Cross and West. Capital, $123,000. Edwin G. Whitney, president; Ezra R. Butler, vice-president; Thomas Reid, cashier.
Madison Gas Light and Coke Co. ―Incorporated, 1850. Capital, $60,000. Abraham Todd, president; James Siddall, secretary. Office, north side of Second between Mulberry and West. Works, north side of Ohio between Walnut and East.
Madison Water Works ―at Clifton Springs, near North Madison.
Springdale Cemetery ―Eighth Ward, north of Fifth Street.
Madison & Indianapolis Railroad ―Trains leave the Madison Depot, located at the northwest corner of Ohio and Vine, at 6:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.; arrive at 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. (daily).
Packets ―One of the packets, Forest Queen and Kentucky, forming the Madison & Cincinnati Packet Line, leave from Cincinnati daily (Saturdays excepted). The Forest Queen leaves every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 A.M., and Sundays at 10:00 A.M. The *_Kentucky leaves every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 A.M. The Cincinnati and Louisville Mail Packets, Jacob Strader and Telegraph No. 3 leave Madison daily, passing down at 7:00 P.M., and passing up at 4:30 P.M.
Omnibus office is on the east side of Mulberry between Main Cross and Third.
John H. Bower
John E. Moore
Isaac F. Higbee
I. R. B. Glasscock
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
Jonathan Mulvey, mayor of the city, and ex officio Justice, office on the west side of Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Moses D. Brooke, office on the north side of Main Cross between Mulberry and Main.
Reuben Coffin, office on the north side of Main Cross between Main and Walnut.
Stephen Quinn, office on the east side of Mulberry between Main Cross and Second.
Jared W. Littlejohn
Daniel N. Kibby
Richard M. Salyers
Robert P. Jackman
Marcus D. Lott
William C. Hillis
Henry P. Jackman
Thomas Wise, Henry P. Lee and James Hill
Circuit Court ―held in March and September. Joseph W. Chapman, judge; George W. Richardson, prosecuting attorney; John G. Sering, clerk.
Common Pleas Court ―sits first Monday in February, May, August and November. Charles E. Walker, judge; James C. Thorn, district prosecuting attorney; John G. Sering, clerk.
Godfrey F. Huber
George W. Richardson
Edwin G. Leland
William W. Woollen
1 The U.S. census for 1850 recorded Madison as giving a population of 8,012.
2 Now Central
3 Now St. Michael
4 Now Cragmont
5 Now First
6 Now Jefferson
7 Now Main
8 Now Vaughn
9 State Road 56
C. S. WILLIAMS
PUBLISHER OF THE CINCINNATI DIRECTORY
The Jefferson County Historical Research Library would like to thank Wayne Sanford of Indianapolis, IN. for his excellent work of transcribing and footnoting this edition.
Editor’s notes on this reproduced edition:
This reprint of the 1859 Madison City Directory was created by transcribing the original text from an original edition located at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. Several modifications were made to the original text to make the reprinted directory more readable. The original edition used numerous abbreviations such as “h w s” for “house west side”, or “s w c” for “south west corner”. These abbreviations have been replaced with the full text. The advertisements, which in the original edition are scattered throughout the directory, have been placed together in a separate advertising section. The original directory also contains an extensive listing of the post offices throughout the United States. This reprint contains only the listing of post offices located in Jefferson County, Indiana in 1859.
To aid researchers, footnotes have been added giving the birth and death years and cemetery place of burial for many of the persons listed in the directory, as well as other informative facts such as street name changes, etc.
We present the first issue of the Madison Directory, with the belief that it will be found as nearly accurate as any book of the kind can possibly be.
The growing importance of the City, demands that its population and business should be represented in this shape, and the compiler expresses the hope that this volume will be the first of a long series.
It depends upon the public spirit of the business men of Madison, and the patronage they extend to the enterprise, to determine whether the publication shall be continued.
The publisher begs to extend to the subscribers to the present volume, his sincere thanks for their liberality.
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